A little about our podcast: Right now, we are running two series on HMH Learning Moments:
- Teachers in America features interviews with real teachers across the country, revealing real triumphs, tribulations, and opinions about the education system today. True confession: I have cried listening to quite a few of these!
- Shaping the Future covers hot topics like the dangers of poor media literacy and teaching civics. Within each episode, Harvard lecturer Dr. David Dockterman sits down with one person from the education industry and one person from an industry we want to learn from. They talk about where education is today, where it needs to be, and how to get there. Every educator, ed leader, and policymaker should tune in.
4. Shift from the Traditional Classroom to a Math Workshop Structure
In this post, two middle school math teachers walk you through the most effective way to engage kids in math and prep them with skills they will need for the future: complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, reasoning, and ideation.
5. Do We Have to Embrace Technology in the Math Classroom?
The short answer is YES, mainly because kids from 2 to 18 years old are glued to screens everywhere. To reach these digital natives, you’ve got to meet them where they are and speak their language. Math Solutions Senior Fellow and former NCTM President Matt Larson shares, “Technological tools truly support student development of a deep understanding of mathematical relationships and mathematical structure—allowing us to focus more on conceptual knowledge and problem solving.” But we know that no tool can replace the most critical component of the classroom—and that’s the presence of a highly effective teacher who builds strong relationships with students.
6. 4 Mistakes Educators Make Trying to Manage Cellphones in Schools
Weston Kieschnick, one of ICLE’s Senior Fellows, always infuses humor into both his writing and speaking events—and this blog is no exception. Every classroom and school wrestles with the push and pull of needing to integrate tech into the classroom and getting kids to stop using cellphones for personal use during instructional and learning time. Weston pinpoints four common mistakes educators make around this—and four ways to solve this universal problem.
If you missed these blog posts in 2019, we hope you'll check them out over the holiday break, preferably with cup of hot cocoa in hand. Wishing you and yours a joyful holiday season from the entire Shaped staff!